I went to b’Ars VFX 2017 and it was awesome

If you are working in the animation or game industry (or studying to become one), you may have experienced (or will) events where highly skilled professionals assistants go to explain their work. Or maybe you just like to know about this fascinating work and the people who make it.

This June, a week ago, in Barcelona (Spain) was celebrated the b’Ars VFX 2017, an event with many distinguished professionals that talk of a lot of interesting stuff. I’m an animation student, and I love these events, so I went (sadly, I could make it only for one day, Friday 9), and now I’ll tell you what I saw.

Photos and video recording were prohibited, so I’m sorry but I can’t give you more than what the event officially posts online.

So let’s go in chronological order through all the conferences:

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Nihilism is fun and you should play it. The browser game, I mean.

As the title says, Nihilism is fun. And I don’t mean the whole philosophical concept that your life doesn’t matter, but a game I found on the internet.

The Game is a simple arcade game, with squares and arrows as the only characters. You just need to move the mouse and nothing else, and it’s all based on a mechanic of avoiding things and using an “auto shoot” to kill enemies.

It’s like a half an hour game with quick “endure 30 seconds” levels (like 10 of them).

Also, the game is supposed to have some deep meaning, but It’s too hidden or I am too stupid to get what exactly wants to say. I guess, following the name, it doesn’t matter.

It’s nothing out of this world, I know. You probably have tons of other paid games larger and better done, but for some random browser game I found, it’s surprisingly fun and smart. And it’s probably a good basis for a larger full game. That’s why I think it’s worth sharing and worth the (short) time.

If you like quick and fun arcade games, check it out HERE, also go thank the developer, Steven Harmon for the fun time at @StevenJHarmon1.

New Nintendo 2DS and successor time

A few days ago, against all expectations, Nintendo released a new version of the 3DS family, the  New Nintendo 2DS XL.

 

It’s true that we all knew that 3DS has some life left, new Pikmin, Kirby and fire emblem among others will give us some new experiences to experience on the console, but the system itself is something that gives the feeling of having arrived at its peak of units sold, where almost all its public already have gotten one or another model.

So why this? Why taking all the words left on the bucket to make another 3DS? (Ironically, without 3D). Well, a couple of things come to my mind.

First, for the “late bloomers” or however you wanna name them. There is always people who didn’t buy the system in its time, and want to enjoy it with the full catalog of games already completed to pick. We’ve seen the Wii mini and the game boy micro, why not this?

Second, a possible elderly life. Nintendo was talking not so along about having a 3ds successor. They want something to introduce kids and reluctant people to their games, thus, with a cheaper option, this can be accomplished. But Switch has just hit the market, and launching another big product when its main event is doing so well is a bit dangerous. So maybe giving 3ds more life is a better option, for now, after all, it’s still doing great in selling software and its enormous library has no rival in handheld consoles.

Maybe this two things, maybe neither. The only thing I know is that this console looks great, and is probably the final version of 3ds, minus the lack of 3ds, it has all the things that make good the machine in a pretty shape. And if you don’t have already a 3ds, I would highly recommend it.

Finally, Cloack & Dagger are here (well, shown)

After an eternity announced, we get to see Marvel’s new series “Clack and Dagger” with namesake heroes.

They aren’t very popular, but maybe you can recall them from Civil War (the comic), where Cloak performed the legendary teleportation of the rebels that allowed one of the greatest and more important fights on the media.

This series will be the third original series after Agent Carter and Agents of SHIELD, and although the second is getting better, my only hope is for this to raise the bar a bit, and not commit the same mistakes, both in special effects and in the script.

Only time will tell, as this series won’t see the light until 2018, where we will see how this duo of light and darkness make out.

Adventure Time “Elements” mini-series review – impressions/ whatever just my thoughts

Oh boy, internet leaks!. Just a few days before it’s TV emission we got a present in form of a freshly baked plate of episodes that make a delicious saga of what seems right now the most important plot point of this series (Although, please, support the series on TV or domestic release if you can, this needs views, think on the creators!)

After Islands ended we had to confront two things, as spectators, a higher quality bar than ever, as the previous miniseries had a lot more “plot” content than almost all of the rest of the series. Without trying to disgrace the series, I would say we encountered a lot that filled us with answers and Finn with growth.

And now, is elementals as good as the previous? Is it good? What can we get from this?

(Spoilers, duh!)

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Nintendo discontinuing mini NES and videogame industry buissness

The mini NES, a nostalgia punch on every 80s kid and any retro games nerd, that orgasmic new digital version of what used to be a box of analog beauty, that goddamn HDMI port to play Zelda, Metroid, Mario… DISCONTINUED

But why?

While the internet is still raging about how Nintendo could stop such a successful product, some have possible answers.

First of all, we have the Switch. Let’s remember a couple of things here, with the switch, we have a Nintendo console to maintain at long term (UNLIKE the NES mini, which is just a short term special edition product, that only received more units because of its popularity); we have a portable device, wich is more attractive to old games wich were more simple, more replayable, and probably less battery consuming (something important until a hardware revision).

And more important, we have a virtual console that will be the incentive to the freaking online, where Nintendo promised us a monthly game just like it’s competitors, but, a retro one. Which is my bet on this topic to be the crucial reason.

The other possible outcome: BUSINESS. But I’m not talking about benefits, but about legal practices. As the great askagamedev pointed, Castlevania, Final fantasy, mega man… there are a lot of games on the NES mini that aren’t from Nintendo, any license problem may end up blowing up in the company’s face, so, maybe they were facing a possible legal catastrophe, and decided to take the safe path while they still could.

Even if Nintendo it’s so good at creating games, they still have gaps in their commercial strategies, the only thing we can do for now is wait and pray for a good solution to all of this that keeps happy both the consumers and the company.

The last Jedi trailer and Disney playing Loki

If you don’t live under a rock, you’ve probably seen that “The last Jedi” first trailer has been released.

These last days we’ve been receiving a lot of trailers of important franchises, just this Monday we had a Thor: Ragnarök trailer that I keep watching on loop, and no so long ago a Spider-man homecoming one gave us a brief summary of the movie in a hated teaser.

While Spider-man keeps me grinding my teeth in what I hope is a Marvel deceiving strategy, Thor Ragnarok was a perfect synopsis, settling the characters and expectations with just the necessary amount of content. And then comes Star Wars.

The other trailers keep its easter eggs more or less hidden and showed us some details, with the intention of setting what is coming, but Star Wars is playing another game. Because it doesn’t tell us anything.

And I love that.

This saga has a big extended fanbase that is prepared to gut any piece of media you throw them like a pack of hyenas, so, what do you do? A cryptic trailer, enough to run speculation, enough to provide feedback, and enough for the hungry fans to extract any bit of information they can correlate to something they know.

And yet, we will talk a lot, and very smart people like the links in the past paragraph will write great things, but we still don’t know shit about the movie.

Very smart Loki, I mean, Disney.